Conversations is a series of talks —online and onsite—between artists, curators, gallerists, and arts professionals that brings an in-depth dimension to the key themes and ideas shaping photography today.



14:30 – 15:30
Fiction, Game and Image
Exposure Award | Cao Shu
Can Dan (President, Modern Art) in conversation with award-winning artist Cao Shu.

16.00 – 17.00
Conversations with Collectors
Liyun Wang (Development Director, PHOTOFAIRS) brings together three collectors: Cissy Chen, Wang Jun and Andrew Ruff to discuss their passion for art and their inspirations.

18.00 – 20.00
Insights | Imaging our Futures
Cici Xiang, PHOTOFAIRS’ official ambassador, discusses the themes for this year’s exhibition with curator He Yining and artists Slime Engine, Zhang Wenxin and Wang Runzhong.


14.30 – 15.30
Artists in Conversation | Hu Jieming
In honour of his Spotlight exhibition, Hu Jieming discusses his series ‘The Things’ with researcher Li Zhen.

16.00 – 17.00
Artists in Conversation | Fang Di
In partnership with Centre for Experimental Film, curator Li Jia interviews Fang Di about his video practice.

Artist in Conversation | Wang Bing and Yang Fudong
Leading artists Wang Bing and Yang Fudong are jin conversation – moderated by Li Naiqing.

19.00 – 20.00
All You Can Seek in Life
Photo art critic Gu Zhng, artist Xiang Sun and curator Shen Qilan discuss the glamour and poetry in life.


13.30 – 14.30
Publishing | Photobook Publishing in an era of Globalization / De-Globalization
Yan You (Founder of Jiazazhi and Shao Nian(Designer, Co-Founder of XYZ Lab) discuss the notion of ‘photobook as medium’ as well as photobook publishing in China.

15.00 – 16.00
Photography of the Republic of China in Shanghai
Gu Zheng (Professor, photography critic, School of Journalism, Fuan University, Huang Wei (Associate Research Librarian of the historical literature center of Shanghai Library) and Niu Jie (Supervisor of Photography Sungari International Auction Co, Ltd)discuss photography of the Republic of China in Shanghai.

16.30 – 17.30
Nowhere is Everywhere
Artist Ma Hailun speaks about photography today with Baoer Wan (Founder, ARTPASS), Yu Mingfeng (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tongji University), and Liyun Wang (Development Director, PHOTOFAIRS).

The 2019 program included leading collectors WEIXING ZHONG (Founder, Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum, Chengdu) and NI LU (Curator, X-MUSEUM) alongside art world experts CLAIRE SHEA (Para-Site, Hong Kong) and YING KOWK (independent Curator) as well as artists CHEN WEI, CORY ARCANGEL and NOEMIE GOUDAL.